The death of Dublin mother Bernadette Connolly, whose body was found on an English beach, is “a mystery”, the inquest is told

The death of an Irish woman whose body was found on a beach in England weeks after she disappeared in Dublin has been described as “a mystery” by an inquest.

ernadette Mary Connolly, 49, was reported missing on January 7 after her coat and bag were found on Donabate beach in Dublin.

Four weeks later, on February 4, a body washed up in Blackpool and DNA analysis confirmed it was it.

Ms Connolly, of Berwick Avenue, Swords, was last dropped off by a taxi at the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate just before noon on January 7.

She walked toward the entrance to Donabate Beach and snapped a photo of Malahide Bay with her cell phone less than an hour later.

Her coat, purse and phone were later found in the sand.

At the inquest at Blackpool Town Hall, chief coroner Alan Wilson heard Ms Connolly had “no mental health problems” and her family insisted she had not taken her own life.

The coroner said: “Bernadette Connolly went missing unexpectedly on January 7th.

“Her clothes were found on Donabate beach and despite an extensive search she could not be found until Friday afternoon 4 February when her body was found on the seawall in Blackpool.

“This lady had been found because the tide had receded and there was no indication that she had been the victim of a crime. She probably went into the sea, but how or why cannot be determined.

“This lady had a lot to look forward to. She had a new career, she had no financial worries, she had a loving family, she had a happy Christmas and she had recently paid off her health insurance. Did she die of her own doings or did she intend to end her life? I can not say it.”

An investigation conducted by Gardaí with the support of Lancashire Police concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances or evidence of third party involvement.

A pathologist could not determine a medical cause of death due to the “extensive decomposition” of her remains.

Mrs Connolly’s family doctor, Dr. Ellen Jones said the mother-of-one “never said anything about ending her own life.”

The day before she disappeared, she made a “not inconsiderable” contribution to her health insurance premium.

The inquiry revealed Ms Connolly, who worked as a security officer at Dublin Airport for 17 years, lived with her parents and daughter Jade, who her mother described as “intelligent, independent and friendly”.

She added: “Our bond is unbreakable, it’s so, so strong. We are best friends who have laughed a lot, cried a lot, shared ups and downs.

“Countless memories will live on forever and I promise to make many more for us… I want to say how proud I am to be your daughter. My teacher, my protector, my world.” The death of Dublin mother Bernadette Connolly, whose body was found on an English beach, is “a mystery”, the inquest is told

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